SCOOP: STRECHY73 bends the cards the right way in Event #10-Low win

scoop2009_thn.gifEveryone likes a bargain, especially with the stock markets looking more like a high stakes game of Pai Gow or roulette. At least online poker players can find a source of stability here at the SCOOP tournament series thus far for the low buy-in events. Check out the guarantees and final prize pools for the first nine low buy-in events of the 2010 SCOOP tournament series:

Event #1 prize pool $546,100.00 (guarantee $250,000)
Event #2 prize pool $524,000.00 (guarantee $500,000)
Event #3 prize pool $403,885.00 (guarantee $250,000)
Event #4 prize pool $36,120.00 (guarantee $25,000)
Event #5 prize pool $122,790.00 (guarantee $50,000)
Event #6 prize pool $42,450.00 (guarantee $25,000)
Event #7 prize pool $170,490.00 (guarantee $100,000)
Event #8 prize pool $183,530.00 (guarantee $100,000)
Event #9 prize pool $127,700.00 (guarantee $100,000)

And add Event #10 to the list of events that have smashed their guarantee as tonight's $33 buy-in Limit Stud tournament attracted 1,731 players who over doubled the $25,000.00 guarantee with a $51,930.00 prize pool. $8,829.63 of that pool will go to tonight's champion.

Team PokerStars pros do like to visit the lower buy-in tourneys once in a while and tonight and all three of them would cash. George "Jorj95" Lind III had a 150th place showing ($49.33), George Danzer hot off his victory in Event #4-Medium, and Marcel Luske who's deep run would finish in 21st place ($220.70) after running headfirst into the rolled up eights of STRECHY73 (who ironically would end up winning the whole thing).

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George Danzer 9th place

Up to the 40K/80K ante 8K limits and on the final table bubble, George Danzer got a bit short with just over one big blind left and found a suited starting hand to complete with but was called by big stacked dinkata. Danzer would managed to overcome dinkata's two pair on fourth with his own higher two pair 4♣ A♣ / Q♣ 8♣ Q♦ T♦ / 4♦ but dinkata would also improve on the river with a flush 3♠ J♠ / J♥ 3♦ A♠ 4♠ / 6♠ knocking out the German pro on the final table bubble in ninth place ($389.47).

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Seat 1: friedenreich (343676 in chips)
Seat 2: Dr Shaft (79096 in chips)
Seat 3: santorio1 (788404 in chips)
Seat 4: STRECHY73 (2135830 in chips)
Seat 5: AKwoolston6 (1132616 in chips)
Seat 6: dinkata (1634944 in chips)
Seat 7: Giocatore82 (2210897 in chips)
Seat 8: Priitk (329537 in chips)

Dr Shaft gets the shaft

On the final table's very first hand microstacked Dr Shaft tossed in his remaining 79,096 chips with a K♥ on the door after raising back and forth with chip leading STRECHY73 showing a T♥.

Dr Shaft: A♣ Q♦ / K♥ 3♣ 5♠ 9♦ / T♣
STRECHY73: K♦ 7♣ / T♥ 5♥ A♠ 9♥ / 7♥

Neither had a pair, but it would be STRECHY73 finally catching one on the river for our first final table causality. Dr Shaft would earn a stiff $519.30 in eighth place.

Priitk gets poked

After the limits bumped up to 50K/100K ante 10K dinkata would complete with a 9♦ as Priitik would raise holding an A♦. dinkata called as both would get a five on fourth (diamond for dinkata, club for Priitk), Priitk kept up the aggression by betting with dinkata calling. Fifth brought a Q♣ for dinkata and 3♥ for Priitk as Priitk led out again but dinkata would raise as Priitk called all-in for 43,537 chips.

dinkata: T♦ 9♥ / 9♦ 5♦ Q♣ 4♦ / 8♣
Priitk: 4♠ K♦ / A♦ 5♣ 3♥ 4♥ / T♥

Priitk couldn't improve on sixth or the river as dinkata's starting split nines were good enough for the 672,074 chip pot and Priitk was out in seventh place ($1,038.60).

Friedenreich toast in sixth place

Just six hands later santorio1 would take out Friedenreich in two different ways, check out the video below:

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Not only does santorio1 hit the winning straight but gets trip tens as well to overcome the trip sevens of friedenreich who would earn $1,557.90 in sixth place.

Five alive means more cash for all.

After the departure of friedenreich in sixth place the remaining five would sit down to allow the gracious PokerStars Host to whip up some chop numbers. And what was the quickest five-way agreement to the chop numbers I've seen, the players came to the agreement below (with $500 set aside for the champ):

Giocatore82 $6,269.02
dinkata $5,849.56
STRECHY73 $4,989.95
santorio1 $4,471.18
AKwoolston6 $4,127.37

Even with the agreement in place it was a lengthy five-way battle until AKwoolston6 locked horns with dinkata on fourth street to get his remaining 329,232 chips in the middle with limits at 80K/160K ante 16K. dinkata showed J♥ K♠ / 9♣ K♦ for kings as AKwoolston6 had split sixes 5♣ 6♥ / 6♣ 3♠. AKwoolston6 would not improve on the remaining streets 8♣ 2♠ / T♥ but dinkata did to an unnecessary full house 7♣ K♣ / 7♦ sending AKwoolston6 out in fifth place ($4,127.37).

Good thing Giocatore82 chopped

The chip leader at the chop time became the chip dunce over the course of the long five-handed play. Starting with a 9♥ Giocatore82 completed as the limits moved up to 100K/200K ante 20K. santorio1 would raise with a T♣ as Giocatore82 called. A bet-call on fourth with a K♣ for santorio1 and 3♦ for Giocatore82, another bet-call on fifth street 5♦ for santorio1 and J♣ for Giocatore82. Six street had the same betting as 6♣ for santorio1 and 5♣ for Giocatore82. The river finished the betting as Giocatore82 called all-in for 191,897 after a 2♠ fell for just a pair of sevens, as santorio1 improved with a river K♠ to two pair knocking out the chop time chip leader in fourth place ($6,269.02).

Santorio1 on the prowl

Just four hands later we would have our heads-up match beginning. dinkata fell on hard times and santorio1 pounced on it. dinkata had just over two big bets remaining and was all-in after fourth street exposing a pair of tens Q♣ T♠ / 8♦ T♦. santorio1 turned up A♠ J♠ / T♥ 2♠ a flush draw with an overcard. dinkata would improve to two pair after hitting an eight on the river 4♠ 5♣ / 8♠ but santorio1 would also improve on the river by spiking a flush 6♠ A♦ / K♠ ending dinkata's day in third place ($5,849.56).

Right side up for heads-up

The two players who benefited the most from the chop were now history as santorio1 and STRECHY73 faced off for the remaining $500 in the prize pool and SCOOP title:

Seat 3: santorio1 (4,871,296 in chips)
Seat 4: STRECHY73 (3,783,704 in chips)

Limits would stay at 100K/200K ante 20K for the streaky heads-up play. First, STRECHY73 would take down eight pots in a row, then santorio1 took the next two. Two for STRECHY73, then three for santorio1, but the final three hands went to STRECHY73 who finished off santorio1 on this hand:

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Two pair for santorio1 7♠ A♦ / 9♥ 7♦ 6♦ 8♣ / 6♣ wasn't enough to overcome the rivered trip kings K♣ 9♣ / J♣ T♦ K♦ 3♣ / K♥ STRECHY73. For the win STRECHY73 took the extra $500 for a combined score of $5,489.95 in winning SCOOP Event #10 low buy-in as the runner-up santorio1 was also well compensated in the chop earning $4,471.18 as the runner-up.

$100,000 Guarantee SCOOP Event #10-L Limit Stud Results:
(*denotes part of five-way deal)
1. STRECHY73 (Cesky Brod) *$5,489.95
2. santorio1 (Kiev) *$4,471.18
3. dinkata (Pleven) *$5,849.56
4. Giocatore82 (woodside) *$6,269.02
5. AKwoolston6 (Anchorage) *$4,127.37
6. friedenreich (münchen) $1,557.90
7. Priitk (Tartu) $1,038.60
8. Dr Shaft (Nassau) $519.30

David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP